Machinima Has Resurrected Sifl & Olly, And It’s About Gaming
A lot of our younger readers probably missed it, but in the late 90s, just before Mtv made its final slide into nothing but reality shows about truly terrible people 24/7, it aired a few surprisingly daring programs that belied its growing reputation for stupidity. Daria, for instance, was a particularly incredible example of the network’s former willingness to take chances (one that holds up surprisingly well despite all of the horribly dated pop culture touchtones). And around the same time, they also aired a crazy show about sock puppets called The Sifl & Ollie Show.
Co-created by Liam Lynch (director of Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny) and Matt Crocco, Sifl and Olly were two sock puppet best friends who hosted their own variety chat show. They sang original songs (written by Liam Lynch, usually), and spawned some great catch phrases and fake slang (like ‘crescent fresh’), and look about how LSD feels. It really was one of the weirdest things ever, and usually hilarious brilliance, so of course Mtv cancelled it after the second season and waited years before finally release the unaired third season on DVD. Jerks.
I loved the show, so much that I went as it for halloween one year (including a sock puppet of myself), and yet somehow even I missed that Liam and Matt had found a way to bring it back. Now a show focused around gaming instead of general music culture, the reborn Sifl & Olly Show is about video game reviews. Well, fake video game reviews anyway. Fear not, however; original songs and the original cast of characters are still in full effect.
Here’s the teaser for the new show: